Lisa Lampanelli, formerly known as comedy's "Lovable Queen of Mean," will appear as a special guest at the Milford Readers and Writers Festival (Sept. 20-22).
At 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Milford Theatre, she will talk about quitting stand-up and following her new path as "The Queen of Meaning."
“I was always one of those rapid-fire comics who didn't give the audience time to think," said Lampanelli, who is known for her biting insult comedy and bawdy humor. "What I found out is that storytelling can be just as funny, but I get to tell the whole story, with a beginning, middle and end."
She said this new form of performance style and writing allows her to continue to embrace her sense of humor, but use it in a more fulfilling combination of message-driven shows.
Lampanelli became famous for her Friars Club and Comedy Central roasts of celebrities like Chevy Chase, David Hasselhoff, and Larry the Cable Guy. She has starred in five one-hour comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central and Epix, and received two Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album. Lampanelli will appear at She will join in conversation with life coach and author Carol McManus.
The Milford Readers and Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, a not-for-profit organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River Valley region.
“In an exquisite scenic enclave only a stone’s throw from New York, Milford’s increasingly popular Readers and Writers Festival has become one of America’s most stimulating literary venues – for first-rank authors, would-be authors, and the reading public," says John Berendt, author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
A limited number of festival passes valid for entry to all events are available for $200 per person at milfordreadersandwriters.com.
The main stage events happen at the Historic Milford Theater, 114 East Catharine St., Milford. In addition to these ticketed events, the festival offers a variety of free programs, including the fantasy-themed science fiction panel “The Wide Worlds of Fantasy,” “Moral Lessons through Children's Books," and “Fun for Kids” at the Pike County Public Library.